OSU Today

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

To fall asleep, get off the couch (New York Times)

Another study, done at Oregon State University and published in December in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity, looked at activity and sleeping habits of 2,600 men and women 18 to 85 years of age. Those who followed the federal Department of Health and Human Services guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week reported a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.

OSU holds Recyclemania event (KMTR)

Oregon State students are making a big push over the next month to recycle virtually everything including electronics.

Antarctic blue whales set to make a comeback (LiveScience)

“Fewer than 400 Antarctic blue whales were thought to have survived when this population was protected from commercial hunting in 1966,” Angela Sremba, who performed the research as part of her master’s degree at Oregon State University, said in a statement. (see also Yahoo News, Science Daily)

Weight loss supplements deemed waste of money (CBC)

Of the hundreds of products reviewed by Oregon State University researcher Melinda Manore, many were scrutinized in randomized clinical trials to prove their effectiveness, and only a few products — such as green tea, fibre and low-fat dairy supplements — resulted in a modest weight loss compared to placebo groups. (see also Yahoo News, Gazette-Times)

 Students show their love (Gazette-Times)

Charlie Vang, the OSU Pride Center’s community outreach coordinator, joined several other students from the university’s cultural and resource centers to pass out expressions of love in the form of sweets and small tokens to passersby.

Legislature approves money for OSU to construct new buildings (KMTR)

Another benefit for higher education in Corvallis has come through the 2012 legislative session. Some major new facilities have gotten the green light on the Oregon State University campus. (see also KEZI)

OSU fraternity collects donations for tornado victims (KEZI)

In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that tore through southern and midwestern states, an Oregon State University fraternity is doing what it can to ease the pain.

OSU website helps families rescue dinner (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University Extension Service has updated its “Food Hero” website (www.foodhero.org) to help families that want to eat healthful meals.

Biofuels will be the topic of Science Pub in March (Gazette-Times)

The economic promise of locally produced biofuels relies on new technologies, and Chris Beatty, the president of Trillium FiberFuels, will discuss that promise and the technologies needed to realize it at 6 p.m. Monday during Science Pub at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St.

The Mob versus the Godfather (Short List)

“Evans only agreed to hire Coppola after a fellow Paramount exec called Peter Bart suggested that an Italian-American director might cool the situation [with the League],” explains Jon Lewis, Film Studies lecturer at Oregon State University and author of the BFI’s slim but insightful book on The Godfather. “Needless to say it didn’t work.”

Take it inside (Register-Guard)

The best candidates for forcing fruit tree blooms are plum/prune, peach, cherry, apple and pear, in that order of preference, advises Ross Penhallegon at Oregon State University Extension Service-Lane County. Wait as late as possible to prune, and the larger the buds, the better.

Casa Latina en OSU (Univision)

A program focusing on Casa Latina at OSU (en espanol)


Electronics Recycling Collection: Bring broken and unwanted electronics for free recycling and help OSU compete nationally in the new RecycleMania electronics category! OSU-owned and personal items welcome. Bring to the recycling warehouse (644 SW 13th St.) on Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

Triad Club: Bruce Weber, economist in OSU’s Rural Studies Program, will discuss the consequences of a pending loss of federal funding for schools in rural Oregon counties, on March 8, noon to 1 p.m., MU 109. Attendance is free, lunch is $10 for non-members.

Retention of African American College Students: Equity and Inclusion and University Housing and Dining Services invite interested employees to attend a webinar presented by Martino Harmon. The webinar will present steps to gain the institutional commitment needed to develop a comprehensive, data-driven, strategic, and campus-wide approach in order to increase retention and graduation rates of African American students. March 8, noon to 2 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please direct questions and requests for accommodation to 541-737-3556.

LGBTQ coordinator presentation: Pamela Stawasz; Amherst College will speak March 8, 2:30-3:15 p.m. – MU206; Asian/Pacific-American Room.

Faculty Senate: The Faculty Senate takes place March 8, 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Cener. The agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120308.html. The agenda contains requested approval of two Category I proposals and reports from Steve Clark, Vice President for University Relations and Marketing; Andy Ungerer, Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; and Sue Theiss, University Ombuds.

TAC Webinar: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping” on Thursday, March 8, 3 to 3:50 p.m., with Kimmy Hescock. Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

Starker Lecture: The Clean Water Act: Fundamentals and Effects on Forestry by Jay O’Laughlin, Professor of Forestry & Policy Sciences and Director, Policy Analysis Group, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho. March 8, 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall. For more information about this and other events, visit http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/. A livestream will be available at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream.

Art exhibit: The 2nd Annual Cultural show: Ancient Americas exhibit runs in Giustina Gallery in LaSells Stewart Center through March 26. An artist’s reception takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8.

Imaging the coastal ocean from space: OSU Professor Curtiss O. Davis is giving a presentation March 8, 7 p.m., at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. He will describe the unique process for building and flying the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean on the International Space Station and show examples of how data from the Imager are being used to study and evaluate the impacts of coastal processes.

OSU Music presents Cracked Across the Brow: New Music for Saxophone and Electronics. Featuring Texas saxophone artist Woody Witt and OSU’s Kevin Patton. Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Admission is free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping” on Monday, March 12, 11 to 11:50 a.m. with Kimmy Hescock. Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Science Pub: At the March 12 Corvallis Science Pub, Chris Beatty, president of Trillium FiberFuels, and Vince Remcho, an Oregon State University chemist, will discuss Trillium’s collaboration with OSU to develop ethanol and other products from agricultural waste products. The program will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 Second St. in Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! Inspiration for “House” comes to OSU: A physician whose column was the inspiration for the hit television series “House,” will speak on medical mysteries and the art of diagnosis in a lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, March 13, at LaSells Stewart Center. Dr. Lisa Sanders is speaking as part of the OSU Program in Medical Humanities lecture series. The free public event includes a public reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m.

NEW! Pride Center work space: Procrastinators Unite! Come study for finals or work on that end of term project at the Pride Center. We have plenty of work space and comfy couches! Yogurt parfaits will be provided. March 13-15, 7-10 p.m. the Pride Center.

TAC Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning.” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Friday, March 9, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, in addition to taking a look at some upcoming TAC and CTL events, we’ll continue the Multimedia and PowerPoint.series with Part 2 of “Media and your Powerpoint Presentation: Common Tasks.” Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

“B.A.R.B.I.E.: Banish All Ridiculous Body Image Expectations,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 9, Memorial Union Quad. Sponsored by the Women’s Center. Come see what Barbie would look like if she were a real person. Compare Barbie with the body types of real women and learn the effect Barbie has had on body image, diversity and cultural norms in the U.S.

OSU Anthropology’s Tan Sack Lecture: Friday March 9, noon, Waldo 201A – Lindsay Naylor (University of Oregon), “Everyday Autonomies in Zapatista-aligned communities of Chiapas, Mexico” http://oregonstate.edu/cla/anthropology/

Film showing: “Game Over: Gender, Race, and Violence in Video Games,” 1 to 3 p.m., March 9, Women’s Center. A facilitated discussion about the film will take place after the screening. Bring your own lunch. Dessert will be supplied.

Fred Thompson benefit concert: A March 9 featuring hip-hop artist “Too $hort,” will go toward a youth center being created in Oakland, Calif., in memory of Fred Thompson. The concert will take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketsoregon.com or at thINKit, a local business located on 25th and Monroe between Dominoes and Subway. Regular tickets will be $15 before the day of the concert and $20 at the door.

Play premiere: Oregon State University Theatre will present the West Coast premiere of Elizabeth Kuti’s historical drama, “The Sugar Wife,” March 9-10, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and at a matinee performance on March 11 beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a post-show discussion about the play on Saturday, March 10 immediately following the production which should be around 9:30. The play will be held on the Withycombe Main Stage. Tickets are $12 for general, $10 seniors, $8 student/youth and $5 for OSU students and can be obtained at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/ or by calling 541-737-2784.

Poetry reading: Author Lia Purpura, celebrated for her lyric essays and sharp poetic descriptions, will read from her most recent collection of essays, “Rough Likeness,” on Friday, March 9, at Oregon State University. The free public reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library’s main rotunda; a book signing follows.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents An Evening with Halie Loren: The renowned, award winning jazz singer and songwriter comes to the OSU campus for a one-night, exclusive event with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony orchestra and her highly acclaimed band: pianist Matt Treder, bassist Mark Schneider, percussionist Brian West (who performs regularly with Loren in The Sugar Beets) and guest artist jazz guitarist William Seiji Marsh (currently a touring member of The Daddies). Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. For ticket information, go to http://cosusymphony.org. OSU students with ID card may purchase half-price tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit orchestra student scholarships.

Empty Bowls: 6th Annual Benefit Event. Silent Auction and Live Entertainment. 
Homemade soup, bread and dessert. Please join us for a night of great food, art and music as we promote sustainable food systems and fight food insecurity. Saturday, March 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Valley Football center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets $5-20 – sliding scale, (Kids under 5 free). Presale tickets available in Waldo Hall 238. Tickets also available at the door. www.osu-emptybowls.org

Sing Out! The 2012 Orange & Black Choral and Vocal Scholarship Concert. Performances by the OSU Chamber Choir, Bella Voce, and the OSU Meistersingers. Divine and Outspoken perform in the lobby before the concert. Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. Tickets $15 and $25 may be purchased at http://ticketsoregon.com, and at the door.

Cayuse 424 Training: The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 proposal system on March 13 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. in MU 211. Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 25. Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space. This session will be offered monthly through 2012.

Olympic medalist: Oregon State rowing alumnus and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Joey Hansen will have a new racing shell dedicated in his honor at the program’s 2012 Annual Spring Kick-Off Dinner on Saturday, March 17. The event, which will take place on the Club Level in Reser Stadium, begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is $20 per person. Register at osubeavers.com by clicking ‘Donate’ and then ‘BASF Events. For questions, please contact Justin Fisher in BASF by email (justin.fisher@oregonstate.edu) or phone 503-553-3402. Please RSVP by Saturday, March 10.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Plant Sciences Seminar Series: March 12, 4 p.m. Speaker: Jim Trappe, Courtesy Faculty, OSU Forest Ecosystems and Society. Topic: Trees, Truffles and Beasts: How Forests Function. ALS 4000

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Women’s Basketball Offers Camps For Kids & Parents: Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team invites you and your children to join them at camp! Head Coach Scott Rueck and his staff oversee all aspects of camp. Parent Daughter Clinic, April 14, Girls 3rd-8th grade & Parents. The clinic gives your daughter the chance to play the sport she loves with the people she loves. Girls Hoop Camp, June 19-22, Girls 3d-8th grade. An instructional camp designed to promote interest and skill development in the game of basketball. Pee Wee Camp, June 19-21, Boys & Girls K-2nd grade. Designed for youngsters. For more information and registrations visit www.oregonstatewbbcamps.com or contact Elise Trask elise.trask@oregonstate.edu

Extended Deadline for URISC: The Research Office has extended the deadline for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC) program for Summer term 2011-12. Proposal submissions are due Wednesday, March 14. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Fall 2012 CONNECT Schedule and On-campus Housing Move-In: This coming Fall CONNECT 2012 will officially begin Sept. 20. As a result of this shift, move-in days for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. To see the CONNECT Week schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/newstudents/connect/home For information contact Leslee.Mayers@oregonstate.edu or Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu. To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide.

Scholar housing: Residential Conferences will again be offering housing for interns and scholars in the Corvallis area this summer in Dixon Lodge. Located on the corner of 11th and Jefferson, Dixon Lodge is on campus, close to downtown, and near several bus routes. In addition to its location, furnished double rooms, high-speed internet, and fully equipped cooking facilities make Dixon Lodge an affordable and attractive choice. Reserve a spot today by calling (541)737-9195 or emailing UHDS Residential Conferences at uhdsresconf@oregonstate.edu.

Prettiest Pet Contest Winners: The votes of the Graduate School’s Prettiest Pet Contest have been tallied. First prize winner is Precious (owner: Donetta Sheffold), second prize winner is Lucas (owner: Carole Abou-Rached), and third prize is a tie between Dixie & Samuel Evinrude Cuddles (owner: Karen Falk). Thanks to everyone who participated! Your entry fees and donations will greatly benefit Linn Benton Food Share.

Elementary AWSEM (Advocates for women in Science and Engineering) Club for 3rd-5th grade girls: Tuesdays, April 24- May 22, 3:30-5 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School in Corvallis. Topics will include physics, engineering, environmental science, zoology (worm lab), and computer graphics. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering will lead and be mentors for the AWSEM club. To register, please visit our website http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu to reserve a spot. Cost is $65.

Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: Nominations are being sought for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. It recognizes an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. Nominations must be received by March 12. To nominate:

Women of Achievement: The OSU Women’s Center is seeking nominations for the 2012 OSU Women of Achievement awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of passionate and dedicated OSU women whose work has touched the lives of their students, communities, and colleagues. The deadline for nominations is March 30. The awards will be presented at the Memorial Union Lounge on May 9, along with the 2012 Herstory awards, given to outstanding OSU graduate and undergraduate women students. Criteria, application process and other important details at: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/

TEDxOSU applications being sought: On April 17, OSU will host a TEDxOSU event highlighting innovations that address the needs of our planet in the future, specifically with the intent to feature OSU faculty and the research being done at OSU and by alumni and is currently accepting applications for presenters. For more information, contact: Jennifer Villalobos.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

The newly established Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) invites applications for two, part-time (.50 FTE), fixed-term positions: Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Associate Director of Research. Posting # 0008651 & 0008639. Closes March 12.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Extension Family & Community Health program welcomes applications for 3 new positions working with the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities childhood obesity prevention project. A background or interest in education delivery, health promotion, and gardening are preferred. Positions are located in Klamath Falls, St. Helens, and Oregon City. Posting numbers: 0008625, 0008633, 0008636. All 3 positions close on March 12.

The University Administrative Business Center Finance Unit is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified Accountant 2 position.  Posting #0008691. Closes March 13.

Web Communications Specialist/Writer (Public Info Representative 2) – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position. Posting # 0008667. Closes March 16

The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Advisor-Student Success Specialist. Posting # 0008646. For full consideration, apply by March 7. Closes March 16.

Director of International Graduate Admissions – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #0008630. Closes March 16.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 position. Posting # 0008681. Closes March 19.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications from current OSU employees for the part-time position of Director of Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program. See posting #0008679. Closing date: Monday, March 26.

The University Ombuds Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position: Assistant Ombuds. Posting number# 0008680. Closes March 31.

Traffic and maintenance

Lorenz Soccer Field: In conjunction with the Lorenz Soccer Field renovation the athletic department will remove 20 trees adjacent to the east side of the field. New evergreen shrubs and small tree buffer plantings will be installed along the east side of the fence. This will take place March 10-11.

Memorial Place Brick Mall: A large Sequoia on the OSU campus west of Strand Agriculture hall has been in accelerating decline due to Redwood Canker disease and will need to be removed.The tree is scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break). This will allow for cranes, log hauling trucks and other heavy equipment to access the site with a minimum of disturbance to classes. To ensure safety of pedestrians the Memorial Place Brick Mall on the west side of the building and the West entrances will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26 and should end by 5 p.m., March 30.


Corvallis: A massive solar flare is hitting the earth today, which could cause disruptions to some communications systems. The day will start with a little patchy fog but sunshine should brighten things up by late morning. Today’s high will be 63, serious short-sleeve weather. Sadly, rain rolls in again tomorrow and continues well into next week so enjoy this break while it lasts.

Central Oregon: Another great and sunny next few days. Enjoy the sun, with a high near 56 low around 26. South wind between 8 and 11 mph.



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